Revlie is one of the craftiest person I know. It always amazes me how she finds the time to create all that she does. She has such a wonderful personality, sense of humor and a no-nonsense attitude. She has a heart of gold and a wonderful friend.
On top of being a mom/wife, artist and full-time business owner, Revlie finds time to create lushes mini albums and tutorials, that you can find in her etsy shop, REVolution. They are filled with loads of techinques, textures & ideas you will love. When you go to her blog, Life Is Good, you will be amazingly inspired by her crafty goodness. I always look foward to seeing what she has up her sleeves next! She is quite the innovator!!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
35 years (36 on October 7 :D)
live with hub Arjan and our 2 muppets: Sanne (7, girl) and Ruben (3, boy).
i should go to bed more early than i do now
i bite nails when i'm nervous or anxious
i laugh too loud and i'm extremely clumbsy
that about sums it all up ...
Describe your business.
I write online tutorials for mini albums and sell those tutorials and sometimes kits to go with it on Etsy. You can, of course, design the mini you like, but if you need a little get-go you can use my step-by-step instructions. I’m working on tutorials for crochet and sew projects also.
What made you decide to open an art business?
I heard a lot of friends and scrapbook friends say they loved my mini albums but did not know how to make them themselves. So I thought, step-by-step instructions with LOADS of pictures was what we missed. If you are a beginner you can easily create the mini albums, and if you are a pro already you can simply skip some steps you know how to do already. Also, if you just need some inspiration it’s perfect to use my tutorials and give them your own twist. Love that!
When did you start doing art?
mmm. I guess since my childhood, but since my kids were born (Sanne in 2003) I’m more into it ‘professionally”.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Mostly from everyday stuff and my kids. Love homemade magazines and “live mindful” magazines (all dutch :D)
What are your long term career goals?
I also own a business for Secretarial Services (Artifex Support) since 2000. So 10 years already now. Arjan & I run that together and to be quite honest, I’ve been there, seen that and done that, I feel I need to run a creative business more fulltime than I do now. So, my long term goal is to take a step back from my Secretarial Service business and invest more time in my creative business. Now it’s just a matter of lack of time. With 2 young kids (Ruben goes to school in 6 months from now, that’ll give me more time), 1 very, very hectic company and starting 1 creative company I’ve got my hands full :D
What kind of music do you enjoy listening to while you create?
All sorts of. Jason Mraz (spell that ok?) is my favorite. And Amy McDonald, of course the Black Eyed Peas, and some Dutch Artists (Alain Clark, Ilse DeLange, Jan Smit, Nick&Simon).
What and/or who are your influences?
Mostly every day life for scrapbooking, for crochet & sewing and my kids. I love to ‘solve problems’ (make something out of fabric or crochet something they think they need to buy in store, haha). I love to visit some blogs from great artists like Kal Barteski, Elsie Flannigan and some sewing masters :D
Where do you see yourself & your business in the next 5 years? mmmm, I like to take smaller steps, but I’m sure in 5 years I’ll be running my creative business fulltime and can be there for the kids when they are not in school. So for them, I’ll be a stay at home mommy, I would love to only work during school hours.
Any tips and tricks to other artists/business owners?
Just GO for it. If you love what you do, success WILL come. I know I can reach my goals if I set my mind to it. Proof for me is my company Artifex Support I run now. 10 years ago I simply quit my well payed job and started it from home. People told me I was CRAZY. Insane! I wouldn’t make it. Of course, I proved them wrong. ha. Don’t let other people hold you down from YOUR dreams and plans.
Describe your creative process...
During the day I’ve got a lot of ideas I jot down in my idea book or any paper that’s nearby. In the evening, when the kids are asleep, I go to my creative room (scrap, sew, crochet) and start making what I had in mind, or go on with what I was already creating. It’s like I’ve got so many ideas, my head would explode if I don’t write them down. There’s just too little time to make them all.
Advice you would like to share for someone looking into starting their own art business?
Stick to your own ideas and plans. Don’t let other people give their opinion on your work. Believe in yourself. Don’t be shy. You need to be a little outgoing and straight forward to reach your goals. Advertise, advertise, advertise!! Get your name out there. You can place banners on blog(s) that doesn’t have to be expensive. Try to get an interview with crafting magazines or other magazines. In Holland, it works like: you send something you sell to the editors of the magazine trying to get them to publish it. Keep positive. It takes time to set up & run a business.
Can you cartwheel? If so, we'd love to see a photo!
:) haha. See, I’m like extremely clumsy. So, if I could even TRY to do a cartwheel, I’m certain I’ll break a bone you didn’t know you have in your body. So, I'll just leave you with that mental image...
When you're looking for inspiration be sure to check out Revlie's blog, Life Is Good. You can also find more of her artwork at on a regular basis at these fun scrapbook inspiration & challenge blogs...One Little Word & Color Conspiracy.
Revlie has generously offered two lucky readers a chance to win the Embrace My Life tutorial from her REVolution shop. All you have to do is leave a comment to this post and two winners will be randomly chosen. You have until Sunday at evening. So good luck! :)
Thanks so much Revlie for sharing your creative world with us and wishing you tons of success!
This month I thought I would share one of our team members art studio. Each Cartwheels designer has been introduced on the site and we've all had the chance of getting a glimps their studio. And ever since I've seen little bits & pieces of Marcy Penner's creative space, I've been intriqued to see more. So, of course, I couldn't resist asking her to share with the rest of the world, where her brilliant creations take place.
Marcy is an amazing talent. Her photography is so beautiful, you feel like you are actually there while memories are being captured through her eyes. Marcy also keeps herself busy creating handmade journals, embellishments and all sorts of crafty kits and sells them in her Etsy shop. I just love her style and how she conveys it on paper & in her home.
What is your scrapbook style? Eclectic simple? Kind of a mash up between simple and random I would say.
How do you find inspiration? Usually from the internet, product and my photos. Most of the time I don't sit down with a plan. I just start sticking things down and it takes off from there.
Favorite product? My favorite scrapbooking product hands-down is patterned paper. It's just a Jack-of-all-trades!
Favorite storage solution? My letterpress drawer I snagged up at an antiques mall a couple of months ago. It's perfect for storing all my little bits and pieces.
Ahh, yes! Marcy, it was a true treat to see more of where all the magic happens. Thanks so much for sharing your creative space and creative storage solutions in all it's glory.
Indie style and International entrepreneur, Leigh-Ann Keffer is a self-taught artist raised and residing in Winnipeg. She started Freckled Nest as a hobby in 2003, mainly selling handmade mini-albums, hand-stitched tote bags, blog designs, and custom pieces. Word spread fast of her original artworks and unique style; and Leigh-Ann is now living her dream with FN as her full time job and life's joy. On her fun, daily blog FreckledNest.com, Leigh-Ann lives her passion for handmade and shares her creative life through photos, moments, craft techniques, and completed works. "When I realized my creative side, I felt empowered and alive; I love inspiring others towards that feeling of discovery and accomplishment!"
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi :) My name is Leigh-Ann (nickname "LA") and I live in Canada. Lola is my black lab & sweet companion and my boyfriend Keith has a dog named Tom (a boston terrier). I own a house where I live and run my company and I enjoy going to our family cabin throughout the summer & fall :) FN was born in 2006 and started off as a hobby & venue for my handmade goods and we now focus Custom Blog & Website Design and Online Craft & Business Classes (and is now my career with 2 additional team members).
Describe Freckled Nest in 5 words or less.
Colorful, Community, Design, Capturing, Sunshine
Name 3 things that inspire you.
- Sitting on the beach picking rocks with my Mom and Sister
- Autobiographies & Documentaries
- Beautiful combinations of color, texture, lighting and font.
Name 3 things you can't live without.
Family/Friends, Technology, Cheese
When did you first discover your creativity? I was a really imaginative kid and teenager but I really discovered my creativity in two parts... 1) when I got my first video camera and made mini-movies all the time as a young adult and 2) when I discovered a local craft store and found all the craft supplies I'd ever need and started making mini albums and other paper crafts. I've found different mediums since then but I've been creating daily ever since!!
What is your DREAM project?I love my work right now but I'd like to *add* three things: 1) live on a small farm right outside of the city and have a mini horse and lots of wrinkly dogs 2) invite women and girls to my home/studio to spend creative time together and share stories, skills and quality time 3) I want to be a mom.
If your studio was on fire what is the first thing you would grab? My laptop!!
If you could look like any celeb who would it be? Tegan Quin
Can you do a cartwheel? I loved doing them as a kid, but when I tried to do one today for the picture... I discovered, I'm really really bad at cartwheels! lol!
Any words of wisdom you care to share with us? If it's all about completing what you're making and you're not enjoying the process along the way, slow down... the best part is the creation not the completion! Put your best into everything you do, it shines through and makes you stand out like a star! Love Leigh-Ann
Thanks LA for sharing with us! Your fun-loving outlook on life has rubbed off on all of us. I speak for the rest of the Cartwheel girls when I say that you truly are an inspiration! :) Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule and letting us invade your personal space!!
If you haven't already, check out LA's blog at: www.frecklednest.blogspot.com
Cheerio my loverly loves. Until next time...
Happy Monday everyone. It's me, your pal E and boy do i have something special to share with each of you today. Today's interview is about a southern gal that's close to my heart! We've been friends for years now. Our friendship blossomed at The Heritage House while we served coffee together... and it led down a path of summer hangouts, spend the night parties, crafting days, "work outs" buddies, and oh so much more! Ready to read about this awesome chickadee?
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Shoppy shop: HERE
Bloggie blog: HERE
Thanks Brooke for taking time out of your busy schedule and allowing us to interview you! You have inspired all of us to get out there and JUST DO IT!
I have been following Davinie Fiero for several years and admire her scrapbook designs. Her pages are always refreshing and trendy. I love her drive in sharing techniques and ideas to fellow scrappers across the globe through her personal blog davinie.blogspot.com. She is very much an inspiration to me and to others around her.
Davinie has been creating for quite sometime and is well known throughout the scrapbook industry. You can find her work published in several scrapbook/craft magazines, such as, Scrapbook Trends and Scrapbook & Cards Today, to name a few. I'm so excited Davinie is sharing her craft room with us today. I couldn't wait to get a glimpse into her space & see how she keeps all the chaos organized where she creates some of the most amazing projects.
Read more about Davinie through our interview...
What is your scrapbook style?
I haven’t found the single word that describes my style. What I would say is that it is clean, balanced homespun. Balance and design is always something I think about when creating a layout, but I love texture as well, so I like to layer and must sew in some form on every project I make.
How do you find inspiration?
I check out my favorite blogs on my google reader. Some favorites include the Creature Comforts blog, wedding blogs like Style Me Pretty, and I love the Crafty Crow for inspiration on kids projects.
Crate Paper’s Restoration line is a huge favorite right now.
Favorite storage solution?
Repurposed vintage items are my favorite thing. My bind it all is in an old suitcase on top of my Expedit shelf, I have 5 locker baskets for stamps and alphas, a wooden coke crate holds mists and other bottles that need to stand up, and some old milk crates hold altered items and albums. I also have several lunch boxes that hold things like ink and pens.
I wouldn’t be able to function without my sewing machine and my border punches, in particular, my Fiskars scallop sentiment punch. I use both on just about every project I create.
Are you a daytime or nighttime scrapper?
I work part-time in Health insurance from home, so when I’m not busy bustling kids around town, I should be working. When I have time to craft, it is usually at night after the kids are in bed.
Also, since 2009 I have been hosting a monthly scrapbook challenge on my blog called Project 12. In 2010 began collaborations with Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine and Becky Fleck to have monthly sketches designed for this challenge, and to have prizes awarded too. You can check out Project 12 here.
Now, let's check out some photos of Davinie's craft room, as she shares organizational ideas & tips in her own words.
we first moved into our home, what is now my craft room was once a room
built around an 800 gallon water tank used for solar heating. This
heating system was never efficient, and one of the first things we
changed about our house as we began renovations (which may NEVER
Today it is my crafty place. There is still a lot of work to be done and I change my mind quite frequently on what I want, but I wanted to share a few things about my space that I’m sure about.
The first is this built in.
My husband built me a countertop the length of this recessed area in my room. I love it because I often want to create standing up, or sitting at my counter height stool. I also have my computer and printer in this space.
On the wall behind this unit is my vintage inspired receipt holder, as well as two magnetic canvases that my husband made for me. You can read about how to make one of those here: How to make a magnetic canvas
I tried a couple of things and wasn’t happy with the results before settling on painting them the same color as my walls. I just didn’t want them to stand out too much. I haven’t settled on a permanent solution for my most used supplies, which is one reason I still use a portable tote.
Adhesive and extras are in the blue bucket, and my inks are in the vintage lunchbox at my desk.
To the left of my desk you can see a snippet of a stack of 12 iris container drawers which hold my monthly scrapbook kits. This is the easiest way for me to keep track of the contents as I go back and use older kits until they are down to the bits. I keep no more than 12, though. Each month the one with the least amount of product gets parted out to the rest of my stash to make room for the next kit.
Directly behind the counter built in is my sit down table that I purchased from Target. I often float between working at both locations. Sometimes, they are both covered with projects (as in, probably 10 minutes before these photos were taken… ).
On the right shelf is an iris container with the most current scrapbook kit I have received. Underneath, the locker baskets on both sides of the desk hold my many punches. They are FULL. Behind them, the other locker baskets hold other inks and supplies that I need within easy reach.
This desk faces the one window in this room. The door to this room is to the left of this desk.
To the right of this desk is my 8x8 Expedit system that I picked up from Ikea. I am in serious need of some purging here. I have some plans, but they involve milk crates from John Derian for Target that have yet to reach me (I want five of them in the Moth pattern for the top shelf), and some major goodie boxes for the elementary school as I eliminate some of this clutter.
I have 5 vintage locker baskets on this shelf that I love. In them I put thickers and sticker sheets. One of them holds my Studio Calico stamps in Making Memories stamp folders.
I always love taking a peek inside creative spaces. I hope this gave you some good ideas or you at least feel some comfort in knowing there IS someone out there who has a messier space than you do. (wink, wink).
To read more about Davinie's daily happenings and for inspiration, check out her blog: davinie.blogspot.com
Thanks for sharing your craft room with us Davinie...it's been so cool to see where all the magic happens.
Digikit "Maddie Embellishments" by Erica Hernandez